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From the Dean: Masking and accreditation and Commencement, oh my!

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Given the current apparent transition of COVID-19 in our region from a pandemic to an endemic situation (meaning that while COVD-19 has not disappeared, it no longer is associated with widespread, rapid, and potentially debilitating community spread), it would appear to be an appropriate time to further modify the School’s pandemic mitigation policy. To this […]

From the Dean: A wonderful week

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Yesterday marked the 42nd annual Frank Low Research Day at the School, and this year our premier research event was again virtual. Presentations by faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and graduate, medical, and health sciences students were prerecorded and then aired during the meeting, with subsequent live video discussion with members of the audience. Named […]

From the Dean: LCME update and a special Giving Hearts Day gift

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Earlier this week we had a mock visit to help prepare us for the accreditation visit for our medical student program that will occur in April. Like that forthcoming visit, this practice session was done virtually. We contracted with a group of former medical school deans who help schools prepare for their accreditation visits by […]

From the Dean: Honoring Rick Vari, taking our School’s vital signs

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Recently, I attended the virtual retirement ceremony for Dr. Rick Vari, held October 29, 2021, by the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine where Rick was the Senior Dean for Academic Affairs and a founding faculty member. Many of you will remember Rick when he was a faculty member here at the School before […]

From the Dean: Updates on mandates, retaining talent, and accreditation

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One week out from our annual continuing education symposium and I’m still in awe of the talent we’ve amassed here in North Dakota. Presenters from six different disciplines (from both UND and NDSU) gave six exceptional talks last week for our “Disrupting Aging” symposium, which, in the end, saw more than 100 participants-providers from across […]

From the Dean: Getting ready for LCME

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Next week promises to be an especially busy week for me personally, as I will be participating (albeit virtually) in the June meeting of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation body for U.S. medical schools. As I’ve mentioned before, the LCME is comprised of 19 members, 15 of whom are what the […]

From the Dean: ‘Cross-over,’ COVID, and commencement

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We now have reached the “cross-over” phase of the North Dakota legislative session where bills that originated in one chamber are passed over to the other chamber for consideration. In the case of the funding bill for the UND SMHS that is contained in the higher education budget (SB 2003), the bill (which passed without […]

From the Dean: So far, so good in Bismarck

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Here is some promising news regarding the School’s budget submission to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly (Legislature) that currently is being considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Committee just released a status report of its current thinking about the North Dakota University System (NDUS) budget request, of which the UND SMHS is one important […]

From the Dean: The latest on COVID vaccines

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One of the very positive things we have going on at the School is outstanding leadership of our student leaders. Here’s one example: as required by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME, the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools that I’ve mentioned before), the students are conducting a survey of student opinions on a […]

From the Dean: Record-setting research quarter

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The theme of this week’s column is “resilience and excellence under pressure.” First, consider the just-released report summarizing the School’s research funding for the first quarter (July through September) of our fiscal year. Keep in mind that our researchers finished the last academic year with the largest amount of funded research in the history of […]

From the Dean: Budget season, remembering Dr. Mark Siegel

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Earlier this week, UND President Armacost and I presented the School’s budget request to the State Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The presentation went smoothly and there were no questions. We are requesting a needs-based budget in alignment with UND’s request for a 3% merit increase for faculty and staff in each year of […]

From the Dean: “Best places to practice”

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Last year, I mentioned an annual survey of the attractiveness of various physician practice locations around the U.S. conducted and reported by Medscape, a commercial online portal for physicians and other health professionals. The survey for 2020 was just released (“2020 Best and Worst Places to Practice”). It ranks all of the states in the […]

From the Dean: Remembering Gary Hart

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To begin, I have some sad news to report. L. Gary Hart, Ph.D., director of the UND Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the School and professor in the Department of Population Health, passed away on Monday, April 13, after a recent illness. He joined the CRH in 2010, coming to UND to serve as […]

From the Dean

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You may have read an email earlier this week and/or the Tuesday news release announcing that Dr. Joy Dorscher, the School’s associate dean of Student Affairs & Admissions, has decided to retire as of February 19, 2020. Dr. Dorscher has served the School with energy and commitment since May 2012. During her tenure, she devoted […]

From the Dean

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Here we go again! One of the recurring events in higher education is the need to engage in reaccreditation of each of our health care academic programs. Our medical student curriculum is no exception, and our next accreditation visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) likely will be in March 2022, eight years […]